After noting this in an internal memo a month ago, ESPN has made the official announcement that at least partially explains Dan Wheldon's extreme makeover.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 10, 2007
IndyCar Series Telecasts Elevated to High Definition on ESPN and ABC in 2008
Fans of the IndyCar Series will be treated to a new look for event telecasts in 2008 as ESPN will televise all 16 events of the series in high definition for the first time. ESPN on ABC’s coverage of the 2007 Indianapolis 500 was the first IndyCar Series event ever to be televised in HD.
All cameras used in ESPN’s IndyCar Series coverage will be HD, including in-car cameras and those used in the pits and for other points of view. Included will be an HD onboard camera that can provide a rotating 360-degree view.
“The Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series are very important to ESPN and our affiliates,” said Bryan Burns, ESPN vice president, strategic business planning and development. “Taking our coverage to the next level with high definition has been a priority for us and the series, and will enhance the breadth of our HD services. We’re happy that sports fans will be able to reap the rewards all season.”
The IndyCar Series will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC in 2008, including seven events on both ESPN2 and ABC and two on ESPN. The networks also will cover Indianapolis 500 qualifying May 10-11 and 17-18, and high definition coverage is extending to ESPN2’s telecasts of the 16 Indy Pro Series races this season.
I don't know if the 360-degree camera is as a result of the interesting footage Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti provided last season, but seriously...Indy Pro races too! Oh, how my DVR will overfloweth with love.
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